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Pratt & Whitney President: Make State More Business-Friendly

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By STEPHEN SINGER, AP Business Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The president of jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says Connecticut should revamp its regulations and taxes to become more competitive and business-friendly.

David Hess, who leads the subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., made his comments Friday to the Connecticut Business and Industry Association in Hartford.

Pratt & Whitney, based in East Hartford, is shutting two engine repair plants in Connecticut as it moves jobs out of state. It has said it needs to cut costs to be more competitive in the international airline industry.

Hess defended the decision Friday, saying operating the plants did not help Pratt reach that goal to be globally competitive.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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